Tuesday , 20 August 2019


Pro-equality Bishop to visit Glasgow

A controversial bishop is to deliver a lecture at a Glasgow church next week. John Shelby Spong, who served as the Episcopal Bishop of Newark between 1979 and 2000, will be speaking at Cairns Church in Milgavie on Thursday 11th June. He will be addressing the dangers of Biblical literalism, which he considers have been responsible for many prejudicial attitudes ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: UK must safeguard human rights

First Minister meets Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said that the UK must “safeguard” the human rights act rather than its Conservative government trying to “turn back the clock and weaken” it. The criticism came during a meeting between Sturgeon and Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of Liberty, yesterday to discuss the Tory plan to abolish the 1988 Human Rights Act, and replace it with ...

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UN Report: LGBTI people subjected to brutal violence worldwide

UN Report: Born Equal and Free

Brutal, violence, abuse, harassment and discrimination against LGBTI people is widespread and goes unpunished worldwide, a UN report says. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands suffered injuries in recent years, were documented in a report, entitled “Born Equal and Free” submitted to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The “brutal” and “grotesque” violence include stoning, dismemberment, knifing, rape ...

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Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy dies


  Charles Kennedy, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats has died aged 55. Kennedy, who won the seat of Ross, Cromarty and Skye for the SDP in 1983, held the constituency for 32 years before losing to the SNP in last month’s General Election. Kennedy was, during his time in parliament, a vocal advocate for LGBT equality. In 1988, ...

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Sturgeon: EU vital to Scotland, exit would create backlash

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon said that continued European Union membership is vital to Scotland and any attempt to exit could result in a backlash and a possible second independence referendum. Sturgeon reiterated her support of continued EU membership: “We like working with our friends and neighbours from across the continent. We believe that the EU’s achievements are far more significant than its ...

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Ex-Childrens panel chair jailed for “gross abuse”

Glasgow High Court

A former chairman of Glasgow Children’s Panel was yesterday jailed for twelve years for abusing boys during a period spanning three decades. Daniel Ross, 62, had previously admitted six charges and pleaded guilty to misusing his position as chair of the children’s panel to groom vulnerable youngsters for sex attacks. At Glasgow High Court, Lord Matthews, sentencing, told Ross that ...

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EU Commissioner to priortise an LGBTI Rights action plan

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová

The European Union’s (EU) Justice Commissioner, Vera Jourová, said she is commitment to prioritise an action plan regarding LGBTI rights. Jourová said that there “should be no problem to prepare the [LGBTI] action plan or roadmap in the course of this year,” in a response to queries by members of the EU Intergroup on LGBTI Rights (ILGBTIR). She highlighted the need ...

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Equality Network launches election priorities survey


A leading Scottish charity has today launched an election priorities survey to find out which key political issues Scottish LGBTI people would like to be addressed. The Equality Network, a Scottish human rights and equality charity, will be lobbying the various political parties in the lead-up to next year’s election with a view to influencing their policy commitments on LGBTI ...

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Scotland’s government opposes Human Rights Act repeal

The Scottish Government has expressed its opposition to repeal of th Human Rights Act

The Scottish government has made clear its opposition to Conservative Party proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act. Responding to yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, in which the plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British “Bill of Rights” were put on hold, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned that the UK government’s ongoing commitment to scrapping the legislation must be ...

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HIV treatment to be given on diagnosis, trial suggests

HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte

A clinical trial study found that people living with the HIV should start treatment before the virus weakens their immune system, as is the case now. The important randomaised clinical trial study showed that if HIV positive people receive treatment when their CD4 cell count is higher, instead of waiting until their CD4 cell count drops to lower levels, have ...

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